Islam and God Almighty
Does God Exist? (from Faith Matters)
Does God Exist? (from Ask Islam)
If God has instructed people to not abstain from having more children for fear of poverty or provision, since He would be the Provider, then why are so many children suffering from starvation and famine?
Prophethood and Khilafat
Has Jesus (as) passed away? (from Rahe Huda)
Has Jesus (as) passed away? (from Faith Matters)
Why are there no female prophets? (from Faith Matters)
Why is a Women’s share of inherited wealth only half of what a man gets? (From Faith Matters)
Why does Islam promote Polygamy? (from Ask Islam)
Why does Islam promote Polygamy? (from Liqaa Ma’al Arab)
How should men and women practice purdah? (from Faith Matters)
How should men and women practice purdah? (from a discussion based programme on MTA international)
Islam and Science
What is the Ahmadiyya Muslim view on Evolution and Creation? (from Faith Matters)
What is the Ahmadiyya Muslim view on Evolution and Creation? (Documentary of MTA International)
Does Islam permit test tube babies and genetic engineering? (from Ask Islam)
Does Islam permit test tube babies and genetic engineering? (from Faith Matters)
Is there ever any justification for euthanasia? (from Ask Islam)
Is there ever any justification for euthanasia? (from Faith Matters)
Does Islam permit abortion, and if so, on what conditions? (from Ask Islam)
Does Islam permit abortion, and if so, on what conditions? (from Faith Matters)
Answering your questions
The following answers are simplified for your convenience. For more information, look through the reference given beneath each question.
1. Question: Why do men and women pray separately? Why can’t they pray together?
Answer: True Prayer demands full concentration and is described by the Promised Messiah (as) as “an entreaty which a worshipper makes to God at the time of his separation from Him in torment and with a melting heart”1 , which clearly suggests that prayer demands that all means should be taken to limit any disruption, which might vie for your attention during its observance. Therefore Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmed (ra) mentioned in one of his Q&A sessions2 that to direct ones attention entirely towards God and not each other, this separation of the sexes in prayer has been prescribed by God to the Muslims.
1 Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), 1979, The Essence of Islam Volume II, 2nd ed., Islam International Publications Ltd, page 296 2 Q&A at London Mosque, 5th May 1991, Ask Islam, available at: http://www.askislam.org/practices/question_1039.html, [accessed on 28th Aug 2012]
2. Question: Why did the Promised Messiah (as) not perform Hajj, surely if he was a true prophet, Allah would have helped him.
Answer: Surely the greatest prophet and hence the one deserving of most protection and love by God is the Holy Prophet (saw). But at the occasion of Sulh Huddabia, despite the followers belief that the performance of Hajj should be continued regardless of the presence of dangers, the Holy Prophet (saw) interpreted Allah’s revelations to mean that due to it being prohibited for when the journey was dangerous, therefore he would not carry on his pilgrimage. Despite Allah’s protection, he did not want to indulge in anything that was against Allah’s wishes.(1)
Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) was lost in the love of Hadrat Muhammad (saw). How could he do other than what was done by the Holy Prophet (saw).
(1) Q&A at London Mosque, 5th Nov 1984, Ask Islam, available at: http://www.askislam.org/practices/pilgrimage/question_53.html, [accessed on 28th Aug 2012]
3. Question: Why does a man’s witness count for twice a women’s?
Answer: This command is contrary to popular belief, only applicable for the case of financial statements in court. This is because women, often also according to their own admission, are generally weaker in financial matters. On being presented with this question, Hazoor once answered1, that the requirement of two women is so that if one woman may forget or remember something wrongly, then the other woman can be present to reminder her. Hence, if the first female witness does not forget, then her testimony is completely acceptable in its own right and may be regarded as a testimony from a single witness.
1 Q&A at London Mosque, 17th Nov 1984, Ask Islam, available at: http://www.askislam.org/society/women/question_376.html, [accessed on 1st Sep 2012]
4. Question: Why are men allowed to marry 4 times?
Answer: From Hadhrat Masih Maud (as)’s writings1 it is evident that polygamy is firstly not the norm and should be only an option in extreme circumstances. He writes that polygamy has not been made obligatory but has only been declared to be lawful, and all parties have the right to counteract the decision, ie. getting a divorce or refusing the proposal. Sir Zafrulla Khan sahib in his book ‘Women in Islam’2 writes that the institution of polygamy acts as a “safety valve”, which keeps society from ripping apart. In a society where monogamy is enforced such as the majority of current societies, it is found that the natural urges of some men become a force, which cleaves a rift between marriages and causes the spread of diseases and moral decline due to their unfaithful habits. Therefore, polygamy is a system where such men can live within the law and are subject to restrictions, at the same time as keeping their urges in check without resorting to extreme and sinful measures.
Further, Sir Zufralla Khan sahib in the aforementioned book writes, that polygamy may also be a necessary measure in other circumstances. For example during the early years of Islam, many battles needed to be fought, which resulted in the decline of Muslim men. This meant that there was an imbalance of the sexes. Hence through the use of polygamy, moral and spiritual values were safeguarded.
So, to sum up the answer: Polygamy is not a rule but an exemption, which was set up through the divine wisdom of Allah Almighty, to safeguard society and keep the natural urges of mankind in check.
1 Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), 1979, The Essence of Islam Volume III, 2nd ed., Islam International Publications Ltd, page 318
2 Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (as), 1988, Women in Islam, 3rd ed., Islam International Publications Ltd, page 18-20
5. Question: Halal-unclear what the difference is? Are we allowed non-halal chicken? Why do some Ahmadis eat at some branches which are not halal?
Answer: As there were quite a few question with regards to the significance and practice of halal food, they were summed up into one question and a general overview will be given for halal food.
6. Question: Why do Ahmadi women not observe proper Purdah on Jalsa when Huzur comes to the Lajna side?
Answer: In an address to Lajna Canada in 2012, Khalifatul Masih V (atba) said1 that, in view of the occasion of the Jalsa Salana, and its special and spiritual atmosphere, it is necessary for all Lajna to cover their heads. You should keep in mind that you are coming for the reason of experiencing the divine atmosphere created at Jalsa and if you do not want to cover your heads, then it is better to stay at home and not be one to incite others to uncover their heads also.
With regards to loosening ones headscarf in front of the Khlifah, Khalifatul Masih IV (ra) explained2 that the spiritual head is like a second father or even the head of the family. In that respect and to create a closer relationship with him, often women feel comfortable to loosen their scarfs. But that is not a requirement, but is only dependent on the individual’s connection and especially personal disposition with the Khalifah.
1 Address by Khalifatul Masih V (atba) at Jalsa Salana Canada, 7th July 2012, IslamAhmadiyya – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – Al Islam Online – Official Website, available at: http://www.alislam.org/v/5970.html, from 32:30, [accessed on 3th Sep 2012]
2 Q&A at London Mosque, 8th June 1985, Ask Islam, available at: http://www2.alislam.org/askislam/mp3/MEI_19850806_14.mp3, [accessed on 3th Sep 2012]
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